Narvik, Norway, an iron-ore port 610 mi/980 km northeast of Oslo, was the scene of fierce fighting in World War II, taken and retaken by both Germans and Allies until hardly a house was standing.

Today, Narvik has the War Museum (, the Ofoten Museum that deals with the area's cultural history ( and the Ofoten Railway, which runs through 26 mi/42 km of some of the most dramatic scenery in Norway to reach the border with Sweden. The fishing season around the islands is January-April.

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